With so many cool things coming out each week, it can be hard to wade through all the rock-awesomeness. With ‘Cool Tools’, we’ve done the hard work for you.

This week we saw everything from a new and improved version of the infamous Kodak Super 8 camera, a floor lamp inspired by a spinning top, an app that helps you decode all those pesky laundry instruction symbols, a mini-doc on the current state of video rental stores and more…

Ready? Let’s go!

This week we look at:


Kodak Super 8


“There are some moments that digital just can’t deliver, because it doesn’t have the incomparable depth and beauty of film. These moments inspired Kodak to design a new generation of film cameras…”

Pumpal Lamp


“Inspired by the wooden childhood toys my Mother used to make. LED lights are concealed inside the rotating wooden ‘handle’ which is set into a recycled concrete base…”


Laundry Day


“This app will help you with your laundry. You can scan your laundry tags and app will tell you how to wash your clothes. It works like magic, but no, it is a technology!”

Record by Under Armour


“Track and Analyze Sleep, Fitness, Step Activity, Nutrition and Weight…”


Pipe Bar Stool (+ New HomeMade Modern Book)


“There are a lot of pipe tables and book shelves on the web, but I haven’t seen many chairs or stools, so I decided to make one. I have this one in my loft today and it’s really comfortable…”

Weather Forecasting Coat Hooks


“When running out the door I often forget to check my phone for the forecast. I hastily make a decision and end up caught in the rain or over dressing for the hot afternoon. With the forecasting coat hooks, the weather can be taken in by just a glance. The dials tell you the high and low temperature of the day, as well as the current temp, so you can accurately judge what layers to put on…


Videoport: A Short Doc

“A short documentary about the downfall of independent video stores…”

Slow Mo Gargling Uvula

YouTube video

“Gav shows you a super close up and intrusive simulation of what it is like to make out with Dan…”

And there you have it!

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